Q&A With American Ballerina Terri Jean Thomson

I had the opportunity to ask Terri Jean Thomson some questions about her fantastic journey as a ballerina. She is an incredible dancer who graces the stage with presences, joy and beauty. Her dedication to ballet is phenomenal and inspiring. Below are her answers.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet//dance when i was 5

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently train at atlanta academy of ballet and dance

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been en pointe for a little over 6 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear suffolk spotlight pointe shoes

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My aunt took me to see a ballet performance when I was 4 and I was so mesmerized by the dancers dancing “on their toes” and couldn’t get enough of it so I decided to ask my parents if I could try dance because all I wanted to do was to dance on my toes like the ballerinas in the show:)

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

hmm that’s a tough one!! I love Diana and Acteon, Grand pas classique and Medora

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream company is Houston ballet

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

My favorite memory from dance (I have 2) 1- was dancing the wedding pas in sleeping beauty as aurora with my best friend as my prince and 2- when I got my first higher rank lead as tweedle dum with one of my longest closet friends who was tweedle dee in Alice in Wonderland

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

Honestly I’m inspired by so many dancers that’s a nearly impossible question to answer for me!

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

“To be a dancer you have to look and act like a dancer. be all in or all out there’s no in between”

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?


Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

Typically spending time with friends or just something chill like sitting outside with my puppy:)

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